Intermountain Healthcare and Intermountain Primary Children's Hospital have announced a $10 million gift from Greg and Julie Cook in support of improved mental and behavioral health services for children and teens.
Awarded to the Intermountain Foundation, the gift will support a new twelve-bed pediatric behavioral health unit at a second Primary Children's Hospital campus under construction in Lehi, Utah, including an expansion of pediatric assessment, referral, and consultation services and the expansion of available care options, telehealth services, and in-home crisis services.
According to Intermountain Healthcare, suicide is a leading cause of death among youth between the ages of 10 and 17, and the hospital's emergency departments have seen a more than 300 percent increase in pediatric mental health crises over the past eight years. "The COVID-19 pandemic has also highlighted the ongoing need for additional mental, behavioral, and emotional health resources," said Katy Welkie, CEO of Primary Children's Hospital and vice president of Intermountain Children's Health. "It is our responsibility as a community of passionate, motivated, and family-driven individuals to tackle this crisis head on. Thanks to the generous gift given by the Cook family, we will continue to build on our primary promise to offer additional support for children in our community."
"When we learned about Intermountain's effort to address behavioral health in children, we were inspired to help," said Greg Cook, a founding executive of dōTERRA, an essential oils company, and a member of the Primary Children's Hospital governing board. "The children who live [in] the six-state area that Primary Children's Hospital serves cannot be left without these vital services. No suicide needs to happen. It is preventable if all of us work together to be part of the solution."